Monday's news: The Preds head down to Georgia

Have the Predators finally assembled a dangerous second scoring line with Martin Erat & Sergei Kostitsyn on the wings?

Up & at 'em, Preds fans, I know it's Monday morning but we've got business to take care of today. The Predators play at Atlanta this evening (in front of 50 or so die-hards on the Cell Block 303 road trip), at the game starts at 6:00 p.m. Central, so you've got one less hour than usual to get stuff done surf the web for hockey news.

Thankfully, I've got you hooked up; follow after the jump for some perspective on Martin Erat's 3-assist night on Saturday, J.P. Dumont's return to the coach's doghouse, and video of Anders Lindback getting himself settled down here in Middle Tennessee...

The Preds' next home game is Saturday vs. Tomas Vokoun and the Florida Panthers,  so take the OtF discount to save $8-24 each on your Nashville Predators tickets. Remember, Preds tickets can make a great holiday gift, so you can also look through the schedule, and buy tickets for any other home game!

Nashville Predators News

Hockey Night in Nashville: What does Erat's breakout game mean?
Robby's going to wait before getting too excited here. I can't say I blame him one bit...

Barry Trotz mum on the status of J.P. Dumont - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond sums up the Dumont situation - despite positive talk at the start of the season about J.P.'s off-season work, he's back in the doghouse, and thanks to a $4 million contract (with a no-movement clause) which runs through next season, he's extremely unlikely to be traded. It's a shame, really, as I think J.P. could still provide a nice boost to this team.

Preds On The Glass: Predators Ready for Battle of The South and Monday Links
There's no POTG podcast tonight, as the Preds take on the Thrashers.

Red Light District: Suter Vital to Nashville’s Success
Ryan's happy (as we all are) to see #20 patrolling the blueline once again.

Laakso Bails Out Admirals In Peoria | Admirals Roundtable
Milwaukee overcame a 3rd-period Yonking to pull out the win. Yes, you read that right.

O'Reilly gets to the point of Predators' youth movement | Nashville City Paper
Cal has stepped up more than anyone could have expected at the start of the season.

Nashville Predators aren't bothered by road games - The Tennessean
With two road games this week at Atlanta and Detroit, it's good the Preds know they can be successful away from home. 

Now this is some funny stuff, as Preds TV went along with Anders Lindback as he shopped at Costco to help furnish his new apartment...


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Around the NHL

Hockey Ranting with retired blogger Jes Golbez - From The Rink
Mike Chen found one of the golden oldies puttering around the Old Bloggers' Home and got some crotchety goodness.

NHL salary cap expected to increase - The Globe and Mail
You'll want to print this one and frame it... David Shoalts actually says something good about the Preds on the business front.

Age shouldn't matter in Calder race - USATODAY.com
Should 18-year-old Jeff Skinner get bonus points for his youth in the Rookie of the Year balloting? Not according to Kevin Allen.

Gray Skies (Puck-Rakers Blog)
In front of the 2nd-largest home crowd in their history, the Blue Jackets got stomped by Pittsburgh 7-2. That sounds like that Saturday night Atlanta game a year or two ago, doesn't it?

Battle for the Basement : The Oilers Have Local Competition - The Copper & Blue
The famous "Battle of Alberta" has been moved downstairs...

Jarome Iginla - Top 5 Goal Scorer of All Time ? - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Devotion is a wonderful thing. I've always admired Iggy as a player, but Top 5? Come on...

Hockey World - Edmonton Journal
As part of his league-wide notes, Jim Matheson points out the reduced ice time that J.P. Dumont and Patric Hornqvist are getting lately.

What Can We Learn from The Hockey News’ Campbellnomics? - View From My Seats
The traditional hockey crowd loves to obsess over "clutch" scoring, which is something Ken Campbell tries to identify over at the Hockey News.

Guerin Retires - KuklasKorner
Bill Guerin hangs up the skates, after having played 18 seasons and scoring over 400 goals.

Lastly, check out this feature from Hockey Night in Canada on the recent return of Boston's Marc Savard, after missing several months of action due to a concussion:

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